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 MBABANE - “No suspicious cooler boxes.”  This was said by Police Information and Communications Officer Superintendent Phindile Vilakati in an interview with the Entertainment Desk yesterday.

With the lockdown announced by Prime Minister Ambrose Dlamini commerncing at midnight, police officers warned the public about house parties and the strict closing time for liquor stores.
 The PM’s statement that he delivered early this week highlighted that liquor stores shall be opened at 11am and closed at 6pm six days in a week. This means on Sunday they shall all be closed.

 Vilakati assured the nation that they would be monitoring the amount of liquor people were buying to check if they were not preparing for a party.
 “We will question the amount of liquor one is buying, we do not want people to host parties. We will also monitor the buyers when they are going to their respective homes,” she said.

 Vilakati also shared that they were aware that, there would be people who would break the law by continuing to sell either door-to-door or have their cooler boxes after the stipulated of closure time.

 She said they would be vigilant to ensure everyone was safe. She also added that they would arrest those not adhering under the existing laws of the country.
 “We know that there will be people who are opportunists, but we will also be applying our intelligence as we help keep the nation safe. There will be no new laws set but we will arrest all culprits under the existing laws,” she said.

She went on to emphasise that they will be also monitoring the movement of people and asking relevant questions.
 “We expect no house parties and any unreasonable movements.

 “Gatherings that are not essential will be banned.
 “All fun activities are banned,” she added.


Meanwhile in an interview with some of the local influential entertainers, they stated  that they fully supported government.
 “We should all think about  our health and follow all the safely precautions set for our safety,” said the ‘Utolala la’ hit maker Popzin whose real name is Liyanda  Mkhonta.

 DJ Bloss also urged people to adhere to the rules set.
 “The groove will always be there, this is just for a little while, once things are back to normal we shall all resume our normal fun gatherings. This is for us,” he said.

 Khanyisile Mabuza, who is a news anchor and master of ceremonies, said people should dedicate this time to family and their loved ones.
 “This is the perfect time for people to bond with their loved ones and also take care of themselves. I fully support government’s decision,” she said.  It is worth noting that the partial lockdown was activated to minimise the spread of COVID-19.


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